Monday 30 July 2012

Thomas Moran - part 3

Thomas Moran (1837 – 1926) originally from Bolton, England was an American painter and printmaker of the Hudson River School in New York whose work often featured the Rocky Mountains. Moran and his family took residence in New York where he obtained work as an artist. A talented illustrator and colourist, Moran was hired as an illustrator at Scribner's Monthly. During the late 1860s, he was appointed the chief illustrator of the magazine, a position that helped him launch his career as one of the premier painters of the American landscape.

Moran along with Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Hill, and William Keith are sometimes referred to as belonging to the Rocky Mountain School of landscape painters because of all of the Western landscapes made by this group.

This is part 3 of a 5-part post on the works on the works of Thomas Moran. Works appear chronologically, but a number of undated works will be in part 5. For biographical notes on Moran see part 1. (You can click on the pictures to see more detail. One or two of the following may look familiar - Moran painted earlier variations)

1873 Colburn's Butte, South Utah 
watercolour and gouache 35.6 x 24.1 cm

1873 Distant Peaks 
watercolour 25.4 x 35.9 cm

1873 Excelsior Geyser, Yellowstone Park 
watercolour on paper 31.9 x 24.8 cm

1873 Giant Blue Spring, Yellowstone 
watercolour 25.4 x 35.6

1873 Half Dome, Yosemite 
watercolour 36.8 x 25.4 cm

1873 Hot Springs on the Shore of Yellowstone Lake 
watercolour 24.2 x 36.8 cm

1873 Lower Geyser Basin 
watercolour 24.1 x 34.9 cm

1873 Mary's Veil, A Waterfall in Utah 
oil on board 30.2 x 17.8 cm

1873 Moonlight, Devil's Den 
watercolour and gouache 32.4 x 25.1 cm

1873 Old Faithful 
watercolour 45.7 x 34.3 cm

1873-74 Shin-Au-Av-Tu-Weap (God Land), Cañon of the Colorado, Utah Ter 
watercolour 12.1 x 36.9 cm

1874 Cliffs of Green River 
oil on canvas

1874 Grand Canyon, Utah 
oil on paper 17.8 x 12.1 cm

1874 Yellowstone Lake 
watercolour 25.4 x 34.9 cm

c1874-75 Tower Falls and Sulphur Rock, Yellowstone 
watercolour 36.8 x 26.7 cm

1875 Mosquito Trail, Rocky Mountains of Colorado 
watercolour 24.8 x 36.2 cm

1875 Mountain of the Holy Cross 
oil on canvas 208.6 x 163.2 cm

1875 Shoshone Falls, Snake River, Idaho 
oil on canvas

1875 Summit of the Sierras 
gouache on panel 35.9 x 25.1 cm

c1875 Fiercely the Red Sun Descending, Burned His Way across the Heavens 
oil on canvas 84.8 x 127.2 cm

1878 Fort George Island, Florida 
oil on canvas 22.9 x 30.8 cm

1878 Fort George Island, Florida 
oil on canvas 64.8 x 54.7 cm

1878 Ponce de Leon in Florida 
oil on canvas 160 x 292.1 cm

1879 Green River, Wyoming 
watercolour 21.6 x 34.3 cm

1879 Portneuf Canyon, Idaho 
watercolour 30.5 x 50.2 cm

1879 Tahoe 
watercolour and gouache 27.9 x 36.2 cm

1879 The Green River, Wyoming 
oil on canvas 66 x 157.5 cm
This view of The Green River River, Wyoming seems to have been a favourite of Morans - I thought I'd take a look at it as it is today:

1879 The Ruby Range, Nevada 
watercolour and gouache 19.6 x 36.2 cm

1880 Fort George Island 
oil on canvas 27.9 x 40.6 cm

1880 Lower Manhattan from Communipaw, New Jersey 
oil on canvas 64 x 114.9 cm


  1. See art here, eat them all with eyes:-)

    Discover your blog, a pleasure.

    Thanks from the northwestern Spain

  2. Wow These are beautiful.

    I have a watercolor of the Bridal veil falls painting which I have inherited from my father. Family tradition says that it was painted by a relative who was alive at the turn of the last century and I was amazed when I first saw the original painting on the web as I have quite literally grown up with the same image.

    I live in England and would welcome any Ideas on how this painting could have been copied?


  3. Hi Mark, I think you're lucky, but I'm afraid I wouldn't know how to set about finding the provenance of your painting. I imagine it would have been copied from a museum exhibit but don't know.


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